On Sunday, July 24, 2022, the Second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated throughout the universal Church. The theme chosen by the Pope Francis for the occasion is “In old age they will still bear fruit” (Psalm 92:15) and intends to emphasize how grandparents and the elderly are a value and a gift both for society and for ecclesial communities.
The theme is also an invitation to reconsider and value grandparents and the elderly who are too often kept on the margins of families, civil and ecclesial communities. Their experience of life and faith can contribute, in fact, to building societies that are aware of their roots and capable of dreaming of a future based on greater solidarity.
The invitation to listen to the wisdom of the years is also particularly significant in the context of the synodal journey that the Church has undertaken.
The Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life has invited parishes, dioceses, associations and ecclesial communities throughout the world to find ways to celebrate the Day in their own pastoral context.
Prayer for World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly
Message of Pope Francis
U.S. Bishops Conference Resources
Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life